Friday, September 14, 2012

Country of the Week: South Korea

South Korea juxtaposes the old and new. In Seoul we see the Deoksu Palace in front of modern, high-rise buildings in Seoul. I love the curved roofs.

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Here is an aerial view, shot in September. The autumnal-colored leaves are gorgeous, aren't they?

Image by Chamberikore

I love how the modern world speeds by as the past stands quietly in its midst.

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More traditional versus old at the Third North Secret Gate and North-East Pavilion, Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon.

Image by Jpbarrass

And for the strictly modern, a beautiful bridge in Chuncheon, the capital Gangwon, the northeasternmost province of South Korea.

Image by Mark Zastrow

Traditional scarecrows at a Korean Folk Village. They are the most colorful and best-dressed scarecrows I've ever seen.

Image by Isaac Crumm

Look at how intricate the design is on this traditional Korean brickwork.

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More intricate design can by found on Gyeongbokgung, one of the five royal palaces of Joseon Dynasty in Seoul.

Image by Moody75

Here is a picture of traditional painted eaves of that palace roof.

Image by by Nagyman

I can't even imagine the time and labor involved in completing that roof. I wonder if that's what this beautiful traditional dancer at the 2008 Yongsan Fall Festival Parade is thinking about. I'm betting she is happy that people are enjoying her performance.

Giraffes #117 think they are colorful enough to be included in this post.


  1. The past is so pretty. :)

    -Ani Rae

    1. Isn't it? I just love beauty in all forms.